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Pittsburgh City Photographer / University of Pittsburgh

Some people find billboards disruptive and unattractive. They cover up scenery and distract drivers. But billboards are one of the oldest forms of advertising and are still a popular way for companies to get their message across.

Haunted By Clergy Abuse, PA Family Leaves Catholic Church After Years-Long Struggle

Oct 9, 2018
Bastiaan Slabbers / Keystone Crossroads

Each time there’s a new report or newspaper article about sex abuse in the Catholic Church, Chuck Gesing steels himself.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

One of the biggest costs of having a job is getting there. Figuring out how to decrease the time and money spent commuting was the focus of Mobiliti, a workshop held in Pittsburgh last week. Residents, employers, and technology companies worked together to hammer out possible solutions.

Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Kevin Acklin, Mayor Bill Peduto’s former chief of staff, will become senior vice president of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team announced today. In addition, Acklin will oversee development of the former Civic Arena site.

Suiseiseki / Wikimedia Commons

Who is in charge of assuring a city's evening economy thrives? In Pittsburgh, it’s nighttime economy manager Allison Harnden. She talks about what that job entails and how the Pittsburgh model differs from similar positions around the U.S. and abroad.

An-Li Herring, 90.5 WESA

During their first debate in a closely watched Congressional election, Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Keith Rothfus spent much of their time treading carefully on a number of hot-button issues, and appeared intent on separating themselves from hardliners in their own parties. But differences did emerge on some bread-and-butter economic concerns including Social Security. 

Elaine Effort / 90.5 WESA

Drafting Dreams is a Homewood-based program that teaches Pittsburgh-area K-12 students the principles of architecture and urban design.

Wolf Runs 'Ball-Control' Campaign In Staying Ahead Of Wagner

Oct 8, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Tom Wolf was in the midst of telling a Democratic Party dinner crowd last month how important it is for Democrats to tell voters what they stand for in this mid-term election campaign when he interrupted himself.

Group Brings Veterans Together For Whitewater Adventure

Oct 8, 2018
John Brighenti / Flickr

Enjoying life: it's just one of the things they went to war to preserve.

PA Banking On New Program Providing Inmates With Financial Savvy To Succeed

Oct 8, 2018
401(K) 2012/Flickr

Pennsylvania has a new idea to help lower recidivism rates.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

A state House committee plans to vote this week on a bill that could offer some help to people who allege they've been cheated out of royalty money from natural gas companies, but the measure falls short of what many landowners had hoped for.

In W.Va., Small Farmers Face Tough Odds As One Project Aims To Help

Oct 8, 2018
Brittany Patterson / WVPB

On a recent Monday morning, as the rising sun burns off the low-hanging fog and fishermen haul in their morning catches from the Greenbrier River, at Sprouting Farms, the day is well underway.

Gov. Tom Wolf / Flickr

In forming a nonprofit last week to oversee a supervised injection site in Philadelphia, public health advocates got closer to what may be the opening of the first such site in the country.

Zhoa / Flickr

After concerns that inmates were receiving drugs along with their literature, Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections is in the middle of overhauling the way inmates get books.

Don Wright/AP, Conor Lamb for Congress

On a recent Sunday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D - Mt. Lebanon) made the rounds in a sunny park pavilion packed with supporters. It was a family-friendly meet-and-greet, with a balloon artist and giant checker board for the kids. For the Democratic congressman, it was a familiar scene.

Martin Abegglen / Flickr

Dyslexia is a disability that hinders the brain’s ability to match sounds with letters. This affects reading, writing and spelling.

Paul Sancya / AP

University of Michigan researchers will use a $2 million energy department grant toward finding ways to use algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Democratic Braddock Mayor John Fetterman and Republican businessman Jeff Bartos met at WPXI on Saturday for the first and only scheduled debate between the candidates for lieutenant governor.

Amy Sisk / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A federal indictment filed this week alleges Russian hackers targeted a nuclear power company near Pittsburgh beginning in 2014, in addition to anti-doping agencies throughout the world.

Courtesy of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra opens its “Celebrate 50” season next Saturday, marking 50 years in Greensburgh, Pa. 

Mariner East 2: What Are Natural Gas Liquids, And What Happens If They Leak?

Oct 5, 2018
Youtube / StateImpact Pennsylvania

As part of the “Mariner East 2: At what risk?” series, this StateImpact Pennsylvania video examines the natural gas liquids that flow through the pipeline and what happens if they leak — something that could be caused by:

  • Welding failures
  • Material defects
  • Corrosion
  • Shifting land exposing the pipe

 

 

Philly Program Teaches Defendants How To Help Themselves

Oct 5, 2018
Bastiaan Slabbers / Keystone Crossroads

 It was an early autumn afternoon in 1975 -- a moment that Steve Austin wishes he could take back.

Prisons Say Changes After Guards Fell Ill Have Cut Smuggling

Oct 5, 2018
Mark Scolforo / AP

Pennsylvania prison officials say they are seeing positive results from changes to mail and visiting policies meant to address a slew of incidents in recent months that caused dozens of corrections officers and other employees to seek medical help for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana.

Virginia Alvino Young / 90.5 WESA

Some UPMC workers took to Pittsburgh’s downtown streets Thursday to highlight their uphill battle to form a union.

Provided by the University of Pittsburgh

Luddy Hayden remembers meeting only one African-American instructor while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Emma Lee / WHYY

After two years of legal setbacks, a federal court ruled this week that two families from Bucks and Montgomery counties can proceed with lawsuits asking the U.S. Navy to cover the costs of medical monitoring after years of drinking contaminated water.

James Doyle / NPR

The Senate is taking a procedural vote on whether or not to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination forward. Watch the proceedings on the Senate floor live.

Margaret Sun / 90.5 WESA

A state senator from western Pennsylvania says there will be $154,000 in state grants going toward improving safety in local schools.

Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

How much does your county spend on public defense?

Kathy Willens / AP

 


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